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When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany

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According to Dr. Lutzer, the German people's progression from civility to barbarity was not extraordinary yet the Nazi regime will forever serve as an example of brutality and extreme racism run amok. We must take note of these lessons from history and be vigilant in our stand for truth, justice, and righteousness.
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Published December 1st 2009 by Moody Publishers
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Jason McIntire
Sep 30, 2016 Jason McIntire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is like a peaceful "manual of arms" for Christians who would be the Bonhoeffers and Niemollers of our present anti-Christ generation. It's quick to read and easy to understand, and manages to confront current realities without seeming alarmist or overly political. I recommend it to all Christians.
Jan 31, 2010 dvd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!! That should sum up my thoughts on this new publication from Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor of Moody Church, and Moody Publishers. Three sittings and 48 hours later I have now finished this stroke of genius. Lutzer writes, "I believe it is disingenuous when political opponents here in the United States call those who disagree with them "Nazis" or "Hitler." That alone told me this book was going to be different from th
I think the cover of this book does not do it justice. Some might think it more about propaganda. The book is a quick read that brings history into our present world. I would suggest anyone reading this book that would have any preconceived ideals put to the side and to let history validate what Erwin is writing. History has proven that time and time again, what happens when a nation, a tribe, a people forget God. Dahlem prophetically declared God's purpose in the tials that faced the German chu ...more
Jessie Gussman
Jan 31, 2016 Jessie Gussman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! There is SOOO MUCH in this little book that aligns with today. Take this: Yes, it is possible for ordinary people to commit atrocities they never thought possible when they are swept up into a cultural current where everyone is both expected to fall in line and be rewarded for it. In such a climate, anyone who swims against the stream is demonized by misrepresentations, false evidence and ridicule."

I found this book timely and spot on, especially in conjunction with "The Decline and Fall o
C.H. Cobb
Jul 19, 2013 C.H. Cobb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book whose time has come. Lutzer combines painstaking research detailing Germany’s tortured path to National Socialism in the 1920s and 1930s with biblical insight, producing a clarion call for faithfulness addressed to today’s church. In each chapter he traces the cynical machinations of Hitler’s Nazis and the failure of Germany’s Christians, and then brings the lessons learned to bear on modern-day American Christianity.

The first major lesson has to do with what happens when God is s
Zachary McIntire
Aug 22, 2016 Zachary McIntire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the seventy-odd years since the end of World War II, Hitler and the Nazi party have become a sort of figure of speech for the very worst sort of evil imaginable. The practice of comparing ideas and people to the Nazis is so common online, that something called Godwin's Law was invented to describe its prevalence.

But it is precisely because this sort of comparison is often thrown about so carelessly that this book by Erwin Lutzer stands out. Far from being an overblown, fear-mongering attempt
Kendra Beth
May 06, 2012 Kendra Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults, youth, church leaders, pastors
Summary: America is becoming less "Christian friendly." The workplace and educational arena are unwelcoming of conservative ideas, especially when you share them. Peer groups tell you that if you are conservative, Christian, think for yourself and speak out loud, you won't have many friends, and will always be on the outskirts of the social arena.
Our world is changing.
Culture is shifting.
Christianity is no longer taken seriously in the United States - we cannot speak our mind openly, and are tol
Mar 11, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read book. I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own as it is short and I have read longer books along the same line. However, a friend recommended it to me and anything this friend recommends is worth reading. She was right again. This book is only 141 pages but had more crucial information in it than books double its' size. Published a few years back some of the things the author speaks of as in the future have already happened. We are living in a time when secular socialism is taki ...more
Clara Roberts
Jun 06, 2011 Clara Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a remarkable little book, only 141 pages long, but it is full of historical facts and Bibical lessons for todays citizen. Lutzer says that "if every pastor would have been a Bonhoeffer or a Niemollor, Hitler would not have accomplished his agenda." "We need to enlist people who know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live out their convictions in diverse situations." "Without a belief in God, nothing is unconditionally wrong." " A court can make abortion legal, but it cannot ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book both frightening and encouraging. The parallels between Nazi Germany and present day America are undeniable, but the author does not leave the reader hopeless. He reminds the reader that our hope is NOT in government or laws, but in the cross of Christ. Only there will mankind find a firm foundation. The question becomes will we stand strong when our time comes or will we fold to social pressure, as those in Germany did?
Dec 11, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a Nation Forgets God by Irwin Lutzer is a thought-provoking, unsettling but timely book and well worth reading more than once. His comparison between the United States and Nazi Germany is chillingly accurate and supported with referenced research. Finally, Lutzer encourages the reader to take a stand for what is right and godly, including pertinent scripture references and examples of those who have engaged in the battle for truth.
Sep 06, 2012 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely thought provoking. I found myself highlighting portions of it to remember the key points. If you're a liberal, this book will make your blood boil (before you even have a chance to truly think about what the author is saying, but that's what liberals do). Our nation, founded on Christian values, has been eroded so completely that this book shows what our ultimate fate could be if we don't do something, and quick.
Jun 18, 2010 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The parallels between post-WW 1 Germany and the United States today are eerily uncanny. It is easy to see the US going down the same slippery slope that Germany did, and to see how a charismatic leader could come in and promise to take care of all our problems--let the government take care of us. Beware the freedoms that will be given up for that care!!
Jan 21, 2013 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lessons from Germany we must never forget.
Kim Zimmerman
Oct 22, 2016 Kim Zimmerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am begging you to read this book before the election.
Very eye-opening and concerning. Today's geo-political atmosphere is mirroring anti-world war 2 Germany.
Mar 17, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an exhortation that rests on the premise that without awareness and resistance, pervasive secularism within society will give rise to statism.

It definitely mentions the Bible: "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, render unto God what is God's":
"We dare not give to Caesar that which is God's." (p.11)

It points out the implications and dangers of an increase in statism, marked by passage of "hate crime" legislation (the next step being "hate speech" - the implication being that the s
Jared Totten
Aug 11, 2011 Jared Totten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not always an easy one to read. I imagine it was an even harder one to write. But when your subject matter details the parallels between the political and social climates of Nazi Germany and modern-day America—and when you bring up hot button topics like abortion, censorship, homosexuality and hate speech—author and reader alike would do well to not expect an easy ride. Though I didn't agree with every comparison, Erwin Lutzer made some poignant insights in When a Nation Forgets Go ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Books by Dr. Lutzer are always worth your time, this one I consider very important. I am very pleased that he doesn't mention any of the recent presidents or current political parties and current happenings. This is a well documented with excellent quotes. He forces us to grapple with our allegiance to government and our greater allegiance to God. People ask how could the whole German nation be blinded, including the pastors, save a precious few to what was going on and take a stand. Even our Me
Jason Mccool
Mar 08, 2014 Jason Mccool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reminder for Americans of the dangerous road other great nations (specifically, Germany) have gone down, to their shame. He highlights the courage of men like Bonhoeffer and Niemoller, who stood on Biblical principles against the Nazis, even against Hitler himself, and eventually paid the ultimate price for it. He looks at why men like these were the exception rather than the rule in the Christian church in Germany. He addresses issues like Germany's steady removal of God from all aspe ...more
Shaun Lee
Sep 04, 2016 Shaun Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess that the first impression most people will have seeing such a title, would be skeptical about whether the author wrote it just because he is trying to come across as some prophecy expert with some sensational theory that would probably interest the prophecy fanatics. Thankfully, this book is far from that. The content is carefully and reflectively thought through, compels the reader to consider how we can use the historical example of Nazi Germany to contemplate how similar modern day Am ...more
Heath Marion
Aug 28, 2012 Heath Marion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When A Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons we must learn from Nazi Germany by Erwin W. Lutzer

As the political climate is heating up in America with presidential elections this fall, Lutzer’s book is very timely. I have to admit that some of the quotes and facts presented about Germany were most intriguing. Germany had very strong Christian roots prior to the Nazi take over. At the same time, I was taken back by the strategic teachings, law changes, and the political agendas that Hitler used.

As the det
Nathan Grooms
May 06, 2014 Nathan Grooms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a pertinent book for our times I'd highly suggest Lutzer's When a Nation Forgets God. The premise gets to the heart of what happens when society forgets God and sets its own standards for right and wrong. Paraphrasing Lutzer's point, when a society has forgotten God and has few strong leaders in the Church to take a stand it can easily convince itself that whatever is legal must be moral. Just because it was legal under Hitler's law to persecute the Jews it didn't mean it w ...more
Anderson E.  O'campo
May 29, 2015 Anderson E. O'campo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents
Erwin Lutzer is a great author. He gives many history data from the 1930s Germany to provide a broad understanding on what was that prepared the path to Adolph Hitler unto power. Lutzer then moves to analyze but not criticize the Church's attitude toward the Jewish genocide. At certain point he says how the church sang louder so they could not listen the cries of the Jews in the train on their way to concentration camps.

The author of this book then makes a parallel between old Germany and the c
Comparing the present day USA to 1930s and 1940s Nazi Germany is a daunting, and perhaps controversial, view. Lutzer, however, clearly breaks his comparison down so that we can understand. He looks at how the church in Germany was effectively neutered by the National Socialist party. If they wanted to stay open, there could be no opposition to the Nazi party and its policies from the pulpit. Lutzer believes the gospel in America has become watered down, either by choice or to avoid confrontation ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was an abhorrent little book that seems to have been written to scare Christians into believing they are or will be persecuted by the evil gays. The argument equates ACT-UP with the Nazi Propaganda machine. The argument propels the idea that the more we are confronted with immortality, the more accepted it. I have issue with the premise that homosexuality is immoral so the book is a piece of trash. It was left at a restaurant and I read it in just under an hour. Having read about Hitler and ...more
May 01, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those who choose to forget history are deemed to repeat it. That adage is entirely true, and this book helps to remind the reader of the tactics that were used then in hopes of understanding now and how to be better prepared to do out part so that similar events could be avoided in the future. Propaganda, economic situations, and indoctrination techniques are just a few tactics that Nazi Germany used to gain control of the people. This book should be a "must read" for anyone who wants to remain ...more
Oct 29, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting wake up call. I have read other books (eg The Marketing of Evil)that help call how easily we are manipulated into accepting things that take us away from including God in our lives. This is the same. A great call to action for for Christians to recognize that we can not accept the way things are currently trending...there are ramifications to the decisions we make today and we have seen them in history over and over. Whether you go back to Israel's initial rejection o ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short and critical read. I'm ever a fan of Lutzer's as he always tells it like it is clearly, forcefully, unapologetically - whether it's in the pulpit or on the page - to the point where we recently witnessed bodyguards in his employ at a public Christmas event. What he says draws reaction. What he says needs to be heard by our oblivious nation who too often would rather listen to Nero fiddle than to realize that Rome is burning.

I was fascinated/stunned as I read and considered how closely ou
Larry Fox
Feb 10, 2016 Larry Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Most of this book identifies the root causes of cultural collapse in Nazi Germany and today’s parallels in America. The final chapters describe appropriate – that is, biblical – responses and perspectives. This is not a depressing book, though it addresses our major cultural problems, because it affirms that the American church’s best days are ahead. According to the author, the future will provide opportunities to show our faith and courage in a nation becoming officially hostile to Christian v ...more
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Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner "Hitler's Cross" and the best seller "One Minute After You Die". He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including "S ...more
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